CAROL’S CORNER

Welcome to another night in Carol's Corner. It was a crazy evening in my neck of the woods tonight to say the least. We have been having flash flood warnings and tonight I was in downtown Cortland when the whole right side of Main Street was flooded. My friend and I were in Subway getting our salads to take back to my mom's for our weekly card night. It was a torrential downpour and it just wouldn't let up. The water kept rising from the street over onto the sidewalks and continued to start coming right into Subway. I had to take off my shoes and get a bag to put them in and then I had to go in my stocking feet and try to get to my car. The water was two thirds the way to my knees. It was crazy. I had to go home to put on new stockings and get shoes back on. It didn't stop being crazy in the road until I just about got to my house. The weird part was it only affected one side of Main Street. It had to be the drains not working on that side. I was drenched by the time I changed.

So took today's picture outside of my front door. This blouse is another of my thrift store purchases from last year. Calling this one “Floral Fantasy”.

Decided to stay with black for my accessories.

Today was my new manicure and I have to show you just how cool it is. Here it is a really dark purple, but it doesn't always stay that way as you will see here.

Presto chango, and now we are hot pink. This is a mood polish which changes color back and forth between the two.

Here's a picture of it as it goes between the two colors. Interesting because my hands look different all the time. Well you know me by now, never boring, right? Life is an adventure and we need to enjoy each and every minute we are blessed to live. You never know when it could be your last. The last few days my blog seems to have resonated with all of you so I think I will continue just talking to you for a few more days. Something we need to do in this journey is take one day at a time and know that there will be good days and there will be bad days, bad weeks, and maybe even bad months. I was really good the last two days, but think I might not have been ok today. We'll see what the scale says after I sleep. But as always,exercise is key for me. When I get home from writing this blog post I will be doing at least six miles of workouts before I go to sleep and hopefully get some more exercise in before we go dancing tomorrow night, where I plan to get a good number of steps in. We'll be doing lots of swing and cha cha, which means LOTS of steps and good cardio. I think the thing that has kept my clothes fitting the same is that I exercise just about every single day unless I'm sick which isn't too often these days. If you're having trouble keeping your eating in check,up your workouts. It can only help. I exercise whether I feel like it or not because I know now how important it is. Make exercise a priority. When your mind is trying to get you to say no, don't listen, just say yes , pop in a DVD and press play. Your body will thank you for it in the long run. You will never regret exercising once you just go ahead and do it. Take it from someone who knows. If anyone had ever told me I'd be an exercise fanatic, I probably would have laughed in their face. Not anymore. If I have to skip it for any reason I am not a happy camper and lately I have tried to bump it up a notch. I'm hoping to crack the 200 miles in workouts this month. I was so close in June , but fell just a little short. If you're better at outdoor walking or running or any other form of outdoor exercise get out there as often as you can. Set aside time every day to get in exercise in one form or another. Regular exercise can help lower cholesterol levels,help regulate your blood sugar levels,and help keep your heart healthy and strong, as well as helping you with your weight. There are no negatives when it comes to exercise. In this battle (and it can be a battle),that we are all waging, we need to use every tool at our disposal to come out on top. Our journey is not for the faint of heart. We have to be strong in body, mind, AND spirit. Don't be afraid to ask for help and support anywhere you can find it. That is why my Facebook group is so important to me now. I want people to have a place to come where they know they will get nothing but love and support and help whenever they need it, in whatever way they need it. I am so proud of the women who make up this beautiful and diverse group. When you enter “Carol's Inspiration Station”, you can be assured of finding all the love, support, and guidance you need from all of our members. You won't find a more caring group of people anywhere. Just another thing that has happened to me that I never even imagined and yet it is now part of me like the air I breathe. I am so lucky to have found something that fulfills me like the things I do here on my blog and in my group and also in the other groups that I am part of. It is an amazing thing to know that you can impact the lives of so many people in such a powerful and amazing way. When I read some of the comments about my blog the last two days the happy tears started yet again. It is in these times that I know without a doubt that the Lord led me to this, and that this is my calling for the rest of my life and one that I embrace with every fiber of my being. I too will have my ups and downs in this journey, but I will strive every day to be a leader that you can all look up to and one who you can come to when you need help or guidance , or just an ear who is willing to hear. We all can help each other. We all have a gift . You just have to find it or realize that you had it all along. I am lucky at 64 to know finally what that is. I am truly blessed by each and every one of you. Till next time, may God continue to bless you all.

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